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There was very strong interest in this book in the survey I sent out, so for February, we'll be reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This book actually comes with a pre-made "book club kit" that we can download for free: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xbq5ehf3udfvbwb/LittleFiresEverywhere_BookClubGuide.pdf?dl=0 We don't have to make things really structured and go through all of the discussion questions, but since the kit has already been created, take a look and see if anything sparks your interest! Book description: From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. (348 pages) Let me know if you'd like to co-host! The location will be announced as the date approaches, but it will be somewhere in Honolulu.
We've had requests to read a book related to Hawaii, so we'll be discussing Moloka'i by Alan Brennert in early March. The location is tentatively set for The Surfing Pig in Kaimuki but may change as the date approaches and we have a better idea of how many people are planning to come. Attendees should generally plan to order something to eat and/or drink during the meetup. Here's a description of the book: "This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning." (416 pages) If you're interested in co-hosting, please message the organizer!